National Newswatch

Britain and the E.U. Enter Trade Talks, Acrimoniously

Feb 28 2020 — — When the European Parliament bade farewell to Britain last month, its members broke out into a wistful chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But when British negotiators travel to Brussels on Monday to kick off the next phase of Brexit, these old acquaintances are likely to give them the cold shoulder.

CUSMA, Let’s get it done

Feb 25 2020 — Dan Darling — It’s time to restore predictability to trade in North America. The best way to do that is to pass legislation to implement the Canada United-States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) without delay. After three years of negotiating and waiting, Canadian farmers, agri-food exporters need certainty and stability. That’s why it is encouraging to see the House Trade […]

Trump Reports Progress Toward India Trade Deal but No Breakthrough

Feb 25 2020 — — President Trump said Tuesday that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India had made progress toward what he hopes will be a landmark trade agreement between the two economic giants. But there was no breakthrough to announce after formal talks on the second and final day of the president’s visit.

Downe wants Parliament to have power to amend new NAFTA, Liberals pledge to share objectives of future trade talks with House

Feb 24 2020 — Neil Moss — The power of American lawmakers to modify trade agreements has inspired their Canadian counterparts to look for more of their own influence over the trade negotiation process, say some parliamentarians. CSG Senator Percy Downe (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) says the work of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to alter the new NAFTA has set a […]

Canadian SMEs counting on immediate implementation of copyright term extension to promote innovation, export and growth

Feb 19 2020 — Jennifer Mitchell — Parliament is back this week and there are a lot of important issues on MPs’ and Senators’ agendas  —  from infrastructure disruptions to medical assistance in dying and the new NAFTA. Indeed, the House of Commons Trade Committee — and now possibly others — is studying the implementation bill for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade agreement (CUSMA) […]

Freeland blasts Tories, but thanks NDP for support on pushing new NAFTA forward

Feb 18 2020 — — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has offered effusive thanks to New Democrats and stinging criticism of the Conservatives after the NDP supported the minority Liberal government’s efforts to more speedily ratify the new North American trade agreement. Freeland said the government wanted to end study by a House of Commons committee of the new deal, […]

Vote at Commons trade committee to set pace for new NAFTA review

Feb 18 2020 — Janyce McGregor — A contentious motion Justin Trudeau characterized as a “near miss” will come to a vote at the Commons trade committee Tuesday, immediately after Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland makes her case for swift passage of the implementation bill for the revised North American trade agreement. When the committee last met on Feb. 5, Conservative MP […]

U.S. Senate approves new version of North American free trade agreement

Jan 16 2020 — — Senators on Capitol Hill have finally approved the latest version of North America’s free trade pact. The implementation bill for the long-awaited U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on a vote of 89-10. That means it now needs only the signature of President Donald Trump to be fully approved in the United States. Canada itself has yet to […]

The WTO’s appellate body crisis: Implication for trade rules and multilateralism

Jan 15 2020 — On 11 December 2019, the term of two of the remaining three members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body (AB), Mr. Ujal Singh Bhatia (India) and Mr. Thomas R. Graham (US) came to an end. With only one member left, the AB can no longer meet the 3-member quorum required to review appeals. […]

A Reset of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body

Jan 15 2020 — The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the rules-based trading system face an existential threat from the Donald J. Trump administration’s blockade on appointments to the WTO’s top court—the Appellate Body. As of December 2019, the Appellate Body had too few members to decide cases, leaving pending appeals in limbo and threatening to turn every future […]

Trump hints at possible trade action against Canada, other NATO countries

Dec 5 2019 — — Following a frosty couple days, U.S. President Donald Trump has once again hinted at a possible trade spat with Canada and other NATO countries that he believes aren’t “putting up their money” on defence spending. Trump spoke in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in front of representatives ofthe United Nations Security Council and said he had […]

European trade deal hasn’t been a breakthrough for Canadian agrifood

Apr 29 2019 — Alex Binkley — Chamber offers several suggestions for overcoming European protectionism.   Ottawa—The federal government has to make better use of dispute mechanisms in the free trade deal with the European Union to tackle protectionist measures that are hindering agrifood exports to Europe, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce The 18-month-old trade deal removed most tariffs but that […]